Eat Walnuts to Help Manage Diabetes

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller here with a delicious way to stay healthy with diabetes. Make walnuts your go-to snacks. In a recent study, people with Type 2 diabetes were asked to eat about 2-ounces of walnuts everyday, that's about 370 calories. After eight weeks, their blood vessel function improved significantly.

Why is this good news? Because endothelial cells, the thin layer of cells that lines the inside of blood vessels maybe one of the first places to go bad when people with diabetes start developing vascular disease. Walnuts help in other ways too, compared to other nuts, they have higher amounts of alpha-linolenic acid which may prevent plaque formation arteries.

Walnuts also have L-Arginine, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels and controls blood pressure and what's more, the nut eaters in the study didn't gain any weight. Researchers say, all the proteins and fiber in walnuts may have help them eat less overall. I'm Dr. Miller, for more ways to nourish your health, watch all our Smart tips.